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5 Must-Read Sporting Success Books Recommended by Neil Adams, Nik Fairbrother, Kate Howey and other Olympic Champions.

Success Books picked by champions

Five recommendations for success books from five judo champions to help you choose your next read – one that will give you the winning edge.

Are you reading more? You are not alone, if you are. Reading has surged in the UK, with most people reading at least double what they normally do, since lockdown began. No surprise really. Reading is one of the way to get through lockdown and come out the other side in better shape – mentally at least.

But how to pick the right book? Books can entertain, teach, even improve your life, but choosing the right one isn’t always so easy. A good tip is to follow recommendations from like-minded people.


Book Recommendations from Experts does just that providing book recommendations from sporting experts, world class coaches and olympic champions.

When you visit the website, you can elect your area of interest, by choosing categories ranging from leadership, skill acquisition and coaching, to fitness, mindset and success books.

There are of course plenty of recommendations on judo books, ranging from judo books for kids to rare collector’s items, and a section on Japanese authors.

Or take your pick from the panel’s chosen 10 best sporting biographies of all time.

Five Sporting Success Must-Reads

1. Recommendation by Kate Howey (Double Olympic medallist, World Champion, Team GB Flag Bearer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and Head GB Judo Coach) – Pig Wrestling by Pete Lindsay.

Tackle sticky situations in life and sport

Pig Wrestling is a simple story with a powerful message. Read it in under an hour, and you’ll be ready to tackle any type of sticky situation in work or life. Developed out of the authors’ work in elite sports and business – including Manchester City, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and the England Cricket team – this instantly memorable story will help you thrive in complex and messy times.

2. Recommendation by Neil Adams (World Champion, double Olympic Silver, Olympic Coach for Great Britain and Belgium) – Taming Tigers by Jim Lawless

Achieve your dreams and potential

Do things you never thought you could. In Taming Tiger Jim Lawless shares his inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams and our potential by overcoming fears and limiting beliefs.

3. Recommendation by by Nik Fairbrother (Olympic Silver, World Champion) – My Fight Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey autobiography by Ronda Rousey.

Mental toughness and success from a judoka in the UFC

Whether you’re into sports or not, you need to know about Ronda Rousey. The biggest names in UFC, Ronda re-wrote the history books with her record attendance levels and astonishing knockout victories. In this honest and inspiring book shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

4. Recommendation by Euan Burton (Double Olympian, JudoScotland National High Performance Coach)- Legacy by James Kerr

Leadership and sustained success under pressure

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you re gone? What will be your legacy?

5. Recommendation by Darren Warner (Performance Coach for the London 2012 Olympic Games, CEO Welsh Judo) – The Energy Plan: Eat Smart, Feel Strong, Perform at Your Peak by James Collins

Successful Performances through improved nutrition

World-leading sports nutritionist James Collins shapes the eating habits of Olympic athletes and Premier League footballers, so they are on peak form when it counts. After a decade of working with the likes of Arsenal FC, England Football and Team GB, now he’s distilling his elite sports success into simple food principles that any of us can follow to feel at our best in our daily lives. The Energy Plan is a whole new mindset that will forever change your relationship with food, exercise and your body, giving you a winning edge in everything that you do.

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